Skaha with Three Rope Guns

Sarah Matt Paul and I went to Skaha over the labour day long weekend, hoping to avoid the torrential rains forecasted for Vancouver and Squamish. In the end it still rained a bit in Penticton, but the amounts were much less. On Saturday we climbed at the Maternal Wall, an awesome crag with steep and long pumpy routes, great fun! On Sunday the weather was more iffy, and we started off warming up at the Diamondback wall in the sun. Soon it started to thunderstorm, and we ran off to Werbworld seeking shelter underneath the overhangs. Werbworld is one of those new crags in Skaha, described in the new routes topo, with a bunch of fun juggy steep routes. The routes aren’t that long, but once you’re at the top it feels like you’ve climbed much further. Our last day, Monday, was spent at the Doctor’s Wall, and the Blipvert tower. There are some really good (but hard!) routes here. I’ll have to come back.

DSC_6986 Banana Bypass

Paul climbing through the pumpy traversing mid-height section on Banana Bypass, 5.11c.

DSC_7067 Dreams be Dreams
Sarah trying to unlock the sequence on Dreams be Dreams, 5.12b. This looked like a rather difficult section pulling the roof, onto crimpy reaching holds for a ways until the next bolt. Sarah bailed.

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Paul hanging out on Dreams be Dreams, 5.12b. Supposedly one of the best routes of its grades at Skaha, but I never got on it. Looks pretty amazing though.

DSC_7055 Hanging out at the Maternal Wall
We were watching Sarah work Dreams be Dreams, 5.12b.

DSC_7107 Kelly on Dreams be Dreams
Kelly climbing through the cruxy section at the top of this spectacular looking route. Dreams be Dreams, 5.12b

DSC_7117 Dinner
Thai restaurant in Penticton. The panang curry was tasty.

DSC_7197 Sarah belaying at Werbworld
Sarah belaying at Werbworld

DSC_7212 Paul on Strange Brew
Paul working the final overhang on Strange Brew. He didn’t get it on this attempt because the jugs up there were wet. But once it dried, it was good!

DSC_7220 Light Duty Power Pack
Sarah starting up the boulderly start on Light Duty Power Pack, 5.11b at Werbworld. The first couple moves are hard, and then its mostly steep jugs.

DSC_7272 Lost in Paradise
Matt cranking the lower roof on Lost in Paradise, 5.11c, at Werbworld. Matt was the only one to flash this one! Probably the best route at the wall.

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Matt cranking on Lost in Paradise, 5.11c, at Werbworld. Matt flashed this one!

DSC_7248 Sunshine!
After raining for about an hour, it cleared up again and it was back to tanktops and sunglasses instead of goretex and toques

DSC_7362 Strange Brew
Paul working on a funky mantel move on Strange Brew, 5.11c at Werbworld.

DSC_7259 Strange Brew
Me climbing through the steep section on Strange Brew, 5.11c at Werbworld. I managed to flash this one, sweet! Photo by Matt.

DSC_7412 Alternative Medicine
Matt on Alternative Medicine, 5.10b at Doctor’s Wall. Probably the only warmup here. It was cold that morning.

DSC_7428 Italian Jam Shop
Matt climbing on Italian Jam Shop, 5.12a at the Blipvert Tower. It’s an awesome route, starting off on a finger crack, then some steep sustained bulges, and finally a short arete. The routes here are spaced quite closely and cross each other, hence the coloured hangers

Sarah, with her fully loaded backpack walking off to the bus stop.

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